Know your website jargon!
There’s a saying, “a little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing” … Well a complete lack of knowledge can be an overwhelming thing as well. Many clients come to me in this overwhelmed state, often from years of dealing with companies and people who throw jargon at them and keep them knowledge and understanding less. So let’s remedy this with a little website jargon buster for you. This article is aimed at non-techy people and not by any means exhaustive.
What is a website?
A website is simply a page or collection of pages accessible on the internet at a particular domain (web address or URL).
What is a blog?
A blog is simply a website or area on a website with dated entries (posts) displaying normally the most recent post first. Many years ago a blog was simply considered to be an online diary. Today the power of blogging is understood as being a far reaching and impactful addition to any website.
What is a domain, web address, URL?
These terms are used interchangeably and refer to a unique internet address where your website can be found, for example www.mywebsite.com.
What is hosting?
Hosting is where your website lives. Every website is hosted somewhere. Without a hosting solution, your website isn’t accessible on the internet. Some hosting solutions are free (e.g. Setting up a blog on WordPress.com) but most have a fee associated. Hosting solutions come with many different features and price ranges. Some important features to consider in your hosting solution are bandwidth, disk space, number of email accounts, database access.
What is e-Commerce?
e-Commerce is simply online shopping, these days almost everything is available to purchase online and certainly South Africa is one of the fastest growing internet economies today so online shopping is something familiar to most of us. It comprises a collection of product data on to your website, allowing people to view products, add these products to a virtual shopping cart and then checkout of your online store selecting from various payment options (via what’s called a payment gateway) and shipping options and completing their transactions.
What is a payment gateway?
A payment gateway speaks between your website and your bank and processes a payment for an e-Commerce transaction on a website securely ensuring the funds are deducted from the shoppers account and deposited into the merchants account.
What is a Web CMS?
A Web CMS is a Website Content Management System. As the name states it’s a system/program that allows you to manage your website content, creating, editing and deleting your website content and publishing these changes to your hosting server. Websites today are largely developed and maintained using a Web CMS. Examples of popular Web CMS systems are WordPress, Joomla or Drupal.
Of course, there are many other terms not discussed above, there’s a veritable dictionary of them in fact, but having a basic understanding of the terms above will at least give you an idea of what your website and hosting options are. Armed with this, you will be better able to have a conversation with your Web Designer or Web Developer and have more input in your development.
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